Cable car (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
July 4, 2012
Question By: 
Kit Malthouse
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Flying for the first time on Monday afternoon, in the middle of the afternoon, almost all the cars had people in; it was full. People were using it at volume and I found it an incredibly pleasant way to travel. I have asked you before, now that it us up and running, whether you would consider extending the cable car network across particular parts of London. It is a very pleasant and in fact social way to travel and it strikes me there are other parts of the city that could benefit, not just from a river crossing but from some kind of cable car connection, whether you can take it down the A2 to Bromley Town Centre or indeed, extend the network across and into Canary Wharf. I was struck by, as you say, once you are at the top, the geography of London laid out before you and there was a possibility of extending the network in the future.

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Answer for Cable car (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Cable car (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Kit, John [Biggs AM] keeps saying, 'Bring back Kit'. Kit has never gone away. Kit is now like reincarnated as Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise and I think Kit, that is something that I would welcome some work on. What the Emirates deal shows is that there are people out there, and I am very, very grateful to Tim Clark [President, Emirates Airline] of Emirates and to them for supporting the Emirates Airline. It was very notable that when Tim was speaking at the opening of the cable car, he said if there are other projects around, they wants to know about it. I think they have been very pleasantly surprised by the success of their venture. Like Barclays, Emirates have been rewarded for having the guts to stick some cash into London infrastructure. Our job is not to run these companies down, not to slag them off, but to celebrate them for what they are doing to support London. If you can think of some other proposals that make economic sense, Kit, then I think you should lead the way on that.